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Prisoner Charged with Attempted Murder in Struggle With Police Officer at St. Joseph

An officer received a graze wound from a bullet fired from her gun during an apparent escape attempt by a prisoner, police said.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with attempted murder in an apparent escape attempt in which a police offer was grazed by a bullet at St. Joseph Medical Center.

Brian Dargan, of no fixed address, was at the Towson hospital Wednesday afternoon as a prisoner accused of burglary. He is now facing charges of attempted first-degree murder and attempted second-degree escape.

Dargan was transported to St. Joseph's emergency room for medical treatment, according to a Baltimore County Police Department statement. At around 2:30 p.m., a hospital staff member allegedly observed a needle in Dargan's clothing during an examination in which he was handcuffed to a gurney railing and guarded by an officer.

Police said Dargan grabbed the hospital employee's arm when she attempted to take the needle. The woman reportedly was able to get away, and said she saw Dargan put something in his hair, which was styled in dreadlocks.

A struggle between the officer and Dargan ensued when the prisoner reached for the officer's gun, according to the statement. The weapon fired once and then jammed.

Although Dargan was still handcuffed, police said he pulled at the handcuffs in an attempt to escape. Additional officers responded and were able to subdue the prisoner.

The officer guarding Dargan had also used pepper spray during the struggle, police said.

According to the statement, a forensic examination revealed that the bullet traveled through the officer's pants, grazing her right leg. She did not require medical treatment.

Dargan is being held on $25,000 bail for the original burglary charges, police said. A warrant with the new charges will be served upon his release from medical treatment.

Joe December 06, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Another terribly familiar with the broken justice system and sucking the taxpayer dry in costs. Thank God the officer was not killed as this is what the future will hold with this thug.
Arlow December 07, 2012 at 01:16 AM
But he was always such a good boy! Isn't that what the family always says?
Chillin December 07, 2012 at 05:39 AM
My baby! My baby! He ain't never kilt nobody an ain't shot nobody before. He takes care of his babies and their muthers. He go to church on Sunday an gives thanks. He good. It jus that that his daddy ain't never been there fo him. Love, your Mama.
Parkvillehoney December 08, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I see no hope for this person. His best bet is to go to prison until he is about 70 years old. than let him out. Another person probably from an unwed mother. This type of person wrecks havoc on society. Sad he was allowed to be free on the streets up until, now.,
Kathy Hoatson December 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Medical treatment should be given inside the jail not in area hospitals, putting the innocent public & the employees of the areas hospitals in danger. This guy could have killed people in the emergency room if he had gotten the officer's gun away from her. What was his medical problem that made them take him there in the first place? Guess it was'nt too bad since he could tussle over the gun.
john merkle December 10, 2012 at 06:59 PM
I totally agree...Or at least a separate "medical facility" of some kind...that was a close one!
john merkle December 10, 2012 at 07:03 PM
We can never seem to have enough jails...'cause they keep letting them back out..."overcrowding?"...

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